Hey, I Won the Best Novel Hugo.

More details after I am done celebrating.


Update, 2:30am, 9/2/13:

I’m going to bed. Tomorrow (actually, today) is a travel day, so there may not be any substantive update. Don’t worry, if I don’t post anything Monday there will be a full report on Tuesday. In the meantime: Wheeee!

142 Comments on “Hey, I Won the Best Novel Hugo.”

  1. Everybody flail like Kermit. *YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!*

    Your acceptance speech was one of the few parts of the ceremony the Ustream let through, and it was great. But at the beginning, when you made that lo-o-o-ong exhale, I thought you were going to totally deflate into an empty bag behind the podium.

    But once again… *YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!*

  2. timeliebe – Central NY – Dreaded Spouse-Creature to bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce (SONG OF THE LIONESS, THE CIRCLE OPENS, BEKA COOPER: A TORTALL LEGEND series), a co-author of TORTALL: A SPY'S GUIDE, Co-author with Tamora Pierce of Marvel's WHITE TIGER: A HERO'S OBSESSION for Marvel Comics. Contributing Editor for VIDEO Magazine during the 1990s, Columnist for C/Net 1999 - 2002.

    Yay, Scalzi!

    WTG, man! :) :) :)

  3. rabbiadar – San Leandro, CA – Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at http://coffeeshoprabbi.com/ and teaches at Hamaqom | The Place in Berkeley, CA.

    Mazal tov!

  4. John Samuel – Australia – An anime fan from the dim, dark, days of synopses and fifth generation VHS copies. I write a range of reviews at "Pirates of the Burley Griffin", check the blog for more.
    John Samuel


  5. acflory – Australia – I am the kind of person who always has to know why things are the way they are so my interests range from genetics and biology to politics and what makes people tick. For fun I play online mmorpgs, read, listen to a music, dance when I get the chance and landscape my rather large block. Work is writing. When a story I am working on is going well I'm on cloud nine. On bad days I go out and dig big holes...

    More grats coming to you from Downunder!

  6. Congratz! Here’s a cookie! It’s shaped like a Hugo award and tastes like solid cream float with dried mango topping. Eat it and feel the euphoria rise.

  7. Glad to see your works getting the recognition they deserve! Congratulations! Please continue to grace us with your stories and ideas for many years to come. Thank you!

  8. Congrats! This was one of the first sci-fi novels I’ve read in quite a while that I would, without hesitation, press into some friend’s hand and say “you *must* read this!

  9. karlcook1 – Centreville, VA – I do computer support, read science fiction, & was a professional photographer in my first career. Still make images for fun (and money).
    Karl C.

    Congratulations! Red Shirts is the best novel I’ve read in the last year!
    Now, what’s next?

  10. Congratulations! And that’s an awesome base this year too. Looks heavy. Can you fit it in your luggage? It’ll look nice in pride of place on your trophy shelf. Be sure to post a pic when you get home.

  11. Congrats!

    I must say I’m a bit surprised. Not because I didn’t think it’s worthy (it is), but because it uses such an unusual approach.

  12. Awesome! Congratulations!

    (And here’s hoping this will give impetus to the OMW movie project! Yo, Hollywood, Book -5- is a monster hit!)

  13. Dang! My OOPS! Redshirts, not The Human Division! Dunnhhh!!!

    Yo, Hollywood, -another- winner!

    (And I’m betting on THD for 2014. Takers?)

  14. Congratulations, for both the Hugo and the Seiun! I watched the live feed last night, and was delighted that it was deglitched in time for remote viewers to see the last several awards.
    Coincidentally, yesterday afternoon was when I finally stopped dithering over format and bought Redshirts at my nearest Barnes & Noble, using their bookfair coupon for Worldbuilders. It was the only title of yours on display — they’ve recently expanded their teen fantasy/paranormal/etc. section and cut the main f&sf offerings by about a third — so perhaps the Hugo will earn you a little more shelf space!

  15. megpie71 – Australian, female, fat, born in 1971. Been hanging around the internet (first Usenet, now blogs) since about 1997. Far too cynical for my own good.

    More dancing rodents from down under (conga rats, in other words!). It’s wonderful news.

  16. This was, in my opinion anyhow, one of the stronger fields in a while. And yet, not terribly surprised to see Redshirts take the prize. An excellent, accessible work by a deservedly well known author? The odds were in favor.

  17. Toni – A few words to describe me: no longer almost single, mother of two, "mimi" of one, 9-1-1 operator and fire/rescue dispatcher, occasional writer, knitter and stash collector, reader, singer, actress, cat lover, liberal, humanist, excellent speller. Others have used other words, but this is my page, not theirs, so pfffffft on them! I may have started a blog for my fiction. It might be at http://itsnotgonnawriteitself.wordpress.com.
    Toni Finley


  18. Congrats it was well deserved. Have a safe trip home.

  19. Conga Rats!! I would have watched your speech live, but I went to bed after the live feed crashed for like the dozenth time. Hopefully, I can catch it on replay.

  20. Well deserved, sir, very well deserved!

    That statue looks dangerous – please be careful on your journey back here to Ohio! Hmmm … I bet they won’t allow such a pointy metal object in your carry on luggage. ^_~

  21. I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised to see Redshirts win; I thought that Hugo voters would give the prize to Kim Stanley Robinson. I’m also pleased that those same voters chose Game of Thrones: Blackwater for Best Dramatic Presentation Short Form, thus breaking Dr. Who’s lock on the category. Nothing against the good Doctor, but it was getting ridiculous.

  22. Bill Gauthier – Southeastern Massachusetts – Bill Gauthier is a writer. His books include the collection CATALYSTS (2007), ALICE ON THE SHELF (2011), and SHADOWED (2011). His stories and essays have appeared in DARK DISCOVERIES and BORDERLANDS.
    Bill Gauthier


  23. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me


    I’d hug you but we’re in different states.

  24. Congratulations, Mr. Scalzi! I read this book a couple of months ago, and really enjoyed it. As a fan of Star Trek, I love how you so wonderfully portrayed the absurdity of some of the plotlines. I felt like I was reading a Trek episode while reading a parody of Trek. There was just so much to think about in the book. Plus, it made me (actually, literally) laugh out loud at a time when I was upset about lots of other things. Thank you.

  25. Donna Leonard – Southern California – I like to write, read, knit, crochet, watch movies, watch way too much television, listen to music and play Drawsomething 2 somewhat obsessively, not necessarily in that order. You can find my irregular blog at: http://manicmeanderings.blogspot.com/ 3 kids: Twenty-three-year-old boy/girl twins, and a thirteen-year-old girl. 3 cats: fourteen-year-old female, three-year-old female, and a two-year-old male
    Donna Leonard

    Congratulations! XD

  26. The 40 Hour Creative – I'm here to help you be creative! I've written plays and created the web series THE CANADIANS (now on Amazon Prime), among other things. Seth Godin said 'start a blog,' so we'll see how long this lasts.

    Congrats, John! Well deserved. “Red Shirts” is my favorite novel of yours. I hope to be in a position to make a film version someday.

  27. Really?

    For a book? That you wrote?

    Kidding!! Congratulations and many more! Now you know that you are at the top of your profession! Like an Oscar, but prettier!

    I read that book and thought it was an amazing thought experiment, as well as a nicely told strange story. Keep up the good work! Faster, too!! Oops, I’ve exceeded the proportion of exclaimation points per sentence, darn…

  28. Congrats John! I had my fingers crossed for you. Yours was one of two awards I was really hoping to see, the other being Stan Schmidt for Best Editor. I kind of peed a little when I saw you both won.

  29. I’m so happy to see that Redshirts won a Hugo !! I’ve only read it 5 or 6 times so far. When I reach number 10 this work will officially be among my favorites. Right there next to the OMW series and Fuzzy Nation.

  30. Congratulations! I loved most of the books that were nominated this year (and still havent gotten around to reading the others, which is not a reflection on their quality). How awesome to come out on top of such a competitive field! Where does this put you in your quest to win a Hugo in every category? Are you one closer, or is this a repeat?

  31. Excellent. For years I have enjoyed your work. Red Shirts is a finely crafted story.
    From your fans please WRITE FASTER!
    How how did your wife let you be pleased with yourself before you were assigned to clean the cat box?

  32. Oh, Craig L. nailed it. “But once again… *YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!*”

    Congratulations, Scalzi. Well deserved, in a field where this year I can say that of every nominee.

    Dance, Scalzi, dance!

  33. Well done, indeed. The whole thing is delightful, but it’s the codas that put it over the top. I may have gotten something in my eye when reading those, or perhaps suffered a massive allergy attack.

    I noticed a pattern: the works that were provided to the Hugo packet only in password-protected PDFs did not win and did not even do as well as one might have expected (Yes, I read all the voting stats last night, thought I bailed on the live stream). Publishers should maybe consider that fen get cranky about those things.

    Voting was tough this year. Usually it’s obvious (at least to me) what’s going to win and what shouldn’t even be on the ballot, but Novel (and Novella) were very competitive this year, so OGH should rightly be proud of himself.

    Must admit that I was STOKED that Stan Schmidt FINALLY won, that was the award that might have had me very cranky indeed had it not gone that way.

    Also super-excited for MRK and the boys winning.

    And while I was one of the brave few who wanted that episode of “Fringe” to win, I knew it was a lost cause, so am pleased about “Game of Thrones” instead. I have seen every episode of “Doctor Who” ever (more-or-less live back to the 5th Doctor) and the ones nominated this year… just weren’t that great. Good, but not great.

    @Patti Niehoff: I grew up with prairie dogs in Boulder!

  34. Marilyn Armstrong – United States – Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all plus a big helping of skepticism about humanity.


  35. Congratulations!

    Molly (my 12-year-old) also wrote “Redshirts” down on the index card for “favorite book I read this summer” when we were at her school open house last week. (I wasn’t sure that she’d seen enough Classic Trek to fully appreciate the humor, but she liked it a ton.)

  36. Congratulations, indeed, John!

    p.s. I touched it! You weren’t around, but Krissy was, and I thought I’d touch it and get some of that good mojo I hear they contain. I held Mary’s. I think she might have been tired of lugging it around all night at that point. I love the base.

  37. Marvelous — and the only negative comments on the TOR Hugo announcement page are from cranky souls unhappy that an enjoyable book was enjoyed by so many.

  38. Heck, I’ll post congrats here as well on small world Facebook threads. It is interesting to see an author building a reputation on fiction that in some ways is as experimental as anything written by Pynchon or Wallace — but written breezily. (Meaning “accessibly”.)

    More than anything, I think it’s because the characters resonate emotionally.

    Anyway, congrats repeated.

  39. John, that’s really great news! Sorry for the late order, John, but fixed incomes and one payday a month don’t make for a more rapid purchase process. Will you be anywhere nearby Home Base that you’d be able to sign said book? I expect my copy to arrive either Thursday or Friday, and if you’re going to be doing any signing, I’d like to bring the book to you. Thanks.

  40. This is excellent for many reasons – congratulations! And don’t forget – if you’re in a pinch and there’s an unwelcome intruder in your home, that trophy is designed to be held at the base and used as an effective torso spear.

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